Debut Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Sells Out

Just one week after the much-anticipated launch of IDW Publishing’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1, the highly praised comic is sold out from the distributor. IDW Publishing and Nickelodeon launched this new series on August 24th in comic stores throughout North America to rave reviews, leading to a run on the issue. While IDW is currently sold out, Turtles fans are encouraged to check with their local retailer for copies of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 and to inquire about the second printing.

“The response to the debut issue of the series has been phenomenal,” said Greg Goldstein, IDW’s chief operating officer. “We are grateful to all the old and new Turtles fans who are supporting this series so strongly, and will be delivering the second printing as soon as possible.”

“WOW! What a wonderful welcome back,” said co-creator Kevin Eastman. “Although this never could have been possible without such amazing and creative teams at Nickelodeon and IDW to work with, NONE of it would have been possible without the love and support of such amazing TMNT fans!”

IDW’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES offers a brand-new take on the original series, led by TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman and co-writer Tom Waltz (Silent Hill: Past Life, Infestation: Outbreak). Phenomenal newcomer Dan Duncan brings the Turtles to life with dynamic interior art, while Sam Kieth and Walter Simonson provide eye-catching covers for issues 1 and 2, respectively. For issues 3 through 5, Fred Hembeck will pay homage to classic covers. Eastman also provides layouts for Duncan’s art, as well as variant covers. The second printing of this sought-after debut comic up will feature a new variant cover by Eastman.

“When I first started working on IDW’s TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES with Kevin Eastman, Dan Duncan, and the rest of the IDW and Nickelodeon TMNT crew, I was excited and very optimistic about the possibilities. I mean, all the pieces were in place for a successful reboot,” said co-writer Tom Waltz. “But to have fans and retailers jump onboard in such huge numbers — and in such a positive fashion — has far exceeded even my own lofty expectations for our ongoing series. It’s already been an exciting ride and I couldn’t be happier or more thankful. And, knowing what we have lined up for future issues, I can honestly say the best is yet to come!”

This first TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES series features new and exciting storylines that maintain the “turtle power” core beloved by millions of fans. Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael reunite to bring their ninja aptitude and teenage attitude to these action-packed adventures. The first arc tells the origin story of the Turtles and introduces a new villain, the fearsome mutant alley cat, Old Hob. Featuring a cast of familiar characters, including Master Splinter, April O’Neill, Casey Jones, and true to the spirit of the original comics created by Eastman and Peter Laird, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are bigger and badder than ever, and ready to rock old and new fans alike.

In addition to this all-new series, IDW will also offer TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION. Beginning in October with volume 1, THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION offers over 300 pages of the best of the Turtles’ underground roots, including Mirage Studio’s issues 1 through 7, and the Raphael one-shot by Eastman and Laird.

IDW and Nickelodeon have a long-term commitment to revitalize the universe of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES comics and graphic novels. It’s all part of a larger initiative to bring Turtles to a new generation of fans, starting with these new storylines that recapture the magic of the original Turtles comics and continuing in 2012, when Nickelodeon will premiere a new CG-animated version of the wildly popular Turtles franchise.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1 ($3.99, 32 pages, full color) is now available in comic stores throughout North America.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION, VOLUME 1 ($49.99, hardcover, 312 pages, black and white, 9” x 12”) will be available in comic and book stores throughout North America in October. ISBN 978-1-61377-007-8.

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